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John Beasley Greene

El-Kantara Bridge, Constantine, Algeria

Estimate:

10,000

to
- 15,000 USD

Gary Edwards Gallery, Southhampton, NY

John Beasley Greene

John Beasley Greene

El-Kantara Bridge, Constantine, Algeria

El-Kantara Bridge, Constantine, Algeria

Estimate:

10,000

to
- 15,000 USD

Gary Edwards Gallery, Southhampton, NY

John Beasley Greene

1832 - 1856

El-Kantara Bridge, Constantine, Algeria


salt print from wax paper negative, 1855-56

image: 9 ½ by 12 ½ in. (24.1 by 31.8 cm.)

Please note the colors in the online catalogue illustration may vary depending on screen settings. Grading this salt print on a scale of 1 to 10 – a 10 being a salt print with deep brown dark tones and highlights that retain all of their original detail – this print rates an 8. The darks retain a high level of detail, and the highlights are faintly yellowed but still creamy. This print is in generally very good to excellent condition. There are deposits of original retouching in the lower right quadrant. There are losses along the upper edge and at the upper right corner which are mostly confined to the black margins only slightly affecting the image. There is a tear along the right margin edge which has been expertly retouched on the reverse. There are a few creases in the black margins. '100.19.6' is written in an unidentified hand in pencil.


The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance only. Any reference to condition in the condition report for the lot does not amount to a full description of condition. The images of the lot form part of the condition report for the lot. Certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot. In particular, the online images may represent colors and shades which are different to the lot's actual color and shades. The condition report for the lot may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the condition report for the lot or shown in the online images of the lot. The condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation. The condition report is a statement of opinion only. For that reason, the condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE/BUSINESS APPLICABLE TO THE RESPECTIVE SALE.

Pioniere der Kamera: Das erste Jahrhundert der Fotografie, 1840-1900 (Bremen, 1987) p. 91

"The Gary Edwards Gallery was previously located in Washington, D. C., and has been located in Southampton, N. Y., since 2017. Early photography is the gallery's specialty, with a large inventory of 1840s and 1850s calotypes and salt prints.


The American photographer John Beasley Greene is considered one of the most singular photographers of the early period. His photographs of Egypt and Algeria are informed by his knowledge of architecture, archaeology, and a very original vision." - Gary Edwards


J. B. Greene, a founding member of the Société Française de Photographie, was perhaps the first archaeologist to utilize photography. By 1853, Greene had mastered Gustave Le Gray's new waxed-paper process, and subsequently used it to photograph ruins and excavated sites in North Africa and the Middle East. Greene made two trips to Algeria, in late December of 1855 and in February of 1856, each time taking part in the excavation of the second century B. C. E. funerary monument, La Tombeau de la Chrétienne. In early 1856, Greene photographed in the area around Constantine and near Algiers.